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O Feature Technology in Recruiting: All it’s cracked up to be? By Susan Quinn ngagement! I want our employees to be engaged in this company. I know we’ve had tough economic times. It’s been tough on everyone. But whatever happened to people being engaged in what they do? E Let’s start with employee engagement What happened, indeed? Engagement is the topic that is being discussed, disputed and tackled. It is important, and yet hard to pin down. It is multi-faceted and complicated. Dealing with one aspect of engagement will not “solve” the company’s engagement challenge. It is the proverbial pyramid built of matchsticks – when one is removed, the entire structure falls down. The same applies to engagement. If one facet is weak or missing, then your engagement program suffers. A Hewitt Associates study in 2004 on double digit growth companies and employee engagement found that “People are a key component of any company’s ability to 26 O www.hria.ca execute its strategies and achieve its goals. Companies who are better able to engage their people also deliver better business performance and return to shareholders.”1 They found that employee engagement at doubledigit growth companies was significantly higher than at single-digit growth companies. So, what is employee engagement? It sounds almost intuitive, and there are many definitions. The U.S. Conference Board is quoted as saying that it is “a heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for his or her organization, that influences him or her to exert greater discretionary effort to his or her work”2 You can see that it is a tall order. What is involved is a set of small changes or measures, that, when combined, all can result in this elusive goal. And achieving this elusive goal can pay off in major ways for the organization. Is employee engagement increasing or decreasing? Because it can involve so many variables, it is tricky to tell and Canada’s situation may be slightly different from NETWORK O Fall 2010 http://www.hria.ca

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Network - Fall 2010

Network - Fall 2010
Contents
HRIA President’s Message
HR360º
HRIA Membership = Career Advancement
HR Abstract
Social Networking: The Good, the Bad and the Legal
Shifting Focus Harnessing Technology for Learning and Development
Technology in Recruiting: All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Drowning in Data: Get the Most Out of Metrics
HR Data Management: Gains Through Employee Empowerment
Technology Aids the Human Touch
The HR Office True-life Tales from the HR Profession
Index of Advertisers

Network - Fall 2010

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